Past Canstruction New York Jurors

Over the years, the Canstruction New York Competition has been privileged to obtain the assistance of many great jurors.  We are very grateful for their support and wish to thank them for their invaluable help in contributing to our continued success.

Below is the list of all the NY competition jurors for the last 27 years:


  • Chris Crowley, Food Editor/Food Writer, New York Magazine
  • Roger Clark, Reporter, NY1
  • Rachel Gurjan, Test Kitchen Manager + Food Editor, FeedFeed Brooklyn
  • Jim Powers, AIA, Director of Operations & Business Development, Bohler Engineering
  • Ronnette Riley, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal/Owner, Ronnette Riley Architect
  • Margaret Zakarian, President, Zakarian Hospitality
2018 Canstruction New York Jury

From left to right: Chris Crowley, Ronnette Riley, Jim Powers, Rachel Gurjan, Margaret Zakarian, and Roger Clark


  • Michael Carron, Partner, TLM Group LLC
  • Dan Churchill, Executive Chef, Charley St
  • John Gering, AIA, Managing Partner, HLW
  • Molly Heintz, Editor in Chief, Oculus Magazine
  • Matthew Katakis, Owner, Butcher Bar and Pita Pan
  • Peter Poulakakos, Founder, HPH Hospitality
  • Katie Workman, Author and Blogger, Dinner Solved!; The Mom 100 Cookbook; The Mom 100 Blog
2018 Canstruction New York Jury

From left to right: Dan Churchill, Peter Poulakakos, John Gering, Matthew Katakis, Katie Workman, Michael Carron, and Molly Heintz


2017 Jurors

Guy Geier, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP, Managing Principal, FXFOWLE

Gregory Boroff, Chief External Relations Officer, City Harvest

Michael Chernow, Chef/Owner, The Meatball Shop and Seamore’s

Ginger Gilden, IIDA, Past President, IIDA New York Chapter

John di Domenico, AIA, LEED AP, Founding Partner, Di Domenico + Partners

Justin Chapple, Culinary Director, FOOD & WINE, Time Inc.


Joseph V. Amodio, Journalist and Television Writer

Nelly Koko-Konan, Pret Foundation Manager

Abraham Merchant, President and Chief Executive Officer of Merchant Hospitality Inc.

Chef François Payard, Chef, Restauranteur and Cookbook Author

Benjamin Prosky, American Institute of Architects NY Executive Director


Madeleine Beckman, Journalist and Poet

Joy Habian, VP of Marketing, The Durst Organization

Chef Dean Kropp

Suzanne Mecs, Hon. AIA NYS, Managing Director, AIANY

Mimi S. Raygorodetsky, Associate, LANGAN


Catherine McVay Hughes, Chair, Manhattan Community Board 1

Robert Simko, Co-Founder/Co-Editor/Publisher, The Broadsheet

Jason Cameron, Host of DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes, Man Caves and Sledgehammer

Jordan Gruzen, FAIA, Director Emeritus, Gruzen Samton

Gavin McCloskey, Founder and President,

November 2013

Andrew Breslau, The Alliance for Downtown New York

Tiffany Brooks, HGTV Star, Host of HGTV’S The Most Embarrassing Rooms in America

Bruce S. Fowle, FAIA, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE Architects

Ron Ben-Israel, Owner, Ben-Israel Cakes

Leah Suzanne Kaplan, Ridgewood Montessori School, former Chair Canstruction New York

Rosie Perez, Actor

February 2013 (postponed from 2012 due to Superstorm Sandy)

John DeSilvia, Host of DIY Network’s Rescue My Renovation

Carla Hall, Owner of Alchemy and Cohost of ABC’s The Chew

Frances Halsband, FAIA, Founding Partner, Kliment Halsband Architects

Thomas G. Loughlin, CAE, Executive Director, ASME

Marisa Zafran, Director of Public Relations & Marketing, Le Parker Meridien


Michael Arad, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, Handel Architects, LLP, who designed the World Trade Center Site Memorial

Annie Block, an editor at Interior Design

Jeff Andrews, celebrated California-based interior designer

Mary-Jean Eastman, FAIA, MRAIC, IIDA, a founding partner of the international architecture and design firm, Perkins Eastman

Richard Hayden, FAIA RIBA, Managing Principal at Swanke Hayden Connell Architects

Ellie Krieger, New York Times bestselling author, James Beard Foundation award winner and host of The Food Network’s “Healthy Appetite”

Wade Burch, C.E.C., Executive Chef at SouthWest NY and first-place winner on the Food Network series “Chopped”

Chip Wade, Master Carpenter on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal: The Block” and HGTV’s “Designed to Sell.”


Rocco Di Spirito, Celebrity Chef

Laura Heim, AIA, President AIA Queens and Principal of Heim Architect

Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, Managing Director of AIA New York

Lisa LaPorta, designer, HGTV show Designed to Sell

Bruce Melillo, husband of Canstruction founder, the late Cheri Melillo

Gail Simmons, Bravo’s show Top Chef: Just Desserts


Burt Roslyn, AIA, President, AIA New York State

Adriana Trigiani, Author, Cooking With My Sisters

Ms E Bruce Barrett, VP of Architecture and Engineering, NYC School Construction Authority

Charles Baskett, Partner, Butler Rogers Baskett

Louie Dubin, LMD Worldwide LLC

Sherida Paulsen, FAIA, President, AIA New York City

Mark Goetz, Designer

John Gidding, Host of HGTV’s Designed To Sell


Stephanie Gelb, AIA, Vice President, Planning & Design, Battery Park City Authority

Richard Haas, Painter

Michael F. Horodniceanu, P.E., President, MTA Capital Construction Co.

James Lunday, Host of HGTV's Rip & Renew

Gregg Pasquarelli, Partner, SHoP Architects, PC

Kristen Richards, Editor-in-Chief, Oculus &

Tim Tompkins, President, the Times Square Alliance


Carol Rusche Bentel, FAIA, Bentel & Bentel Architects

Susan Henshaw Jones, President & Director, Museum of the City of New York

Robert J. Murray, PE, Murray Engineering, PC & President of SEAoNY

Anthony Vidler, Dean, Cooper Union School of Architecture

Alecia Wesner, Principal, George Kovacs Lighting

Barry Wood, R.A., b.wood Architects & HGTV's Hidden Potential


Teman D. Evans, CEO, Dioscuri, LLC

Teran Evans, CFO Dioscuri, LLC

Peter Flack, P.C., Co-Founder, Flack + Kurtz

Ted Hammer, FAIA, Principal, HLW

Nadine M. Post, Editor-at-Large, Engineering News-Record

Mark E. Strauss, FAIA, President, AIA New York Chapter/FXFowle

Kenneth Wampler, Executive Director, Alpha Workshops

Doug Wilson, Douglas Wilson, Ltd.


Stanley Tucci, Actor

Michael Arad, AIA, Partner, Handel Architects, LLP

Mario Batali, Chef, Author

Susan Chin , FAIA, Asst. Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, President, AIA, New York Chapter

Craig Dykers, MNAL, FRSA, Principal, Snohetta

Guy Nordenson, PE, SE, Partner, Guy Nordenson & Associates

Ronnette Filey, FAIA, Principal, Ronnette Riley Architect


Stanley Tucci, Actor

Frederick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIA, New York Chapter

Mark E. Ginsberg, AIA, President, AIA, New York Chapter

Elaine Griffin, Interior Designer

Patricia J. Lancaster, FAIA, Commissioner of Buildings, NYC

Frank J. Sciame, Jr., CEO, Sciame, Chairman, New York Building Congress


Stanley Tucci, Actor

Steve Buscemi, Actor

Edie Falco, Actor

George H. Miller, FAIA, President, AIA-NY Chapter/Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Stephen Saint-Onge, Designer

Bernardo Fort-Brescia, FAIA, Arquitectonica

John Turturro, Actor


Stanley Tucci, Actor

Henry N. Cobb, FAIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Randolph R. Croxton, FAIA, Croxton Collaborative Architect, PC

Edie Falco, Actor

Mark Mayfield, Editor in Chief, House Beautiful

Julianne Moore, Actor

Enrique Norten, TEN Arquitectos

Aidan Quinn, Actor


Stanley Tucci, Actor/Director/Producer

Cindy Allen, Editor-in-Chief, Interior Design

Hugh Hardy, FAIA, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, LLP

Margaret Helfand, FAIA, President, AIA-NY Chapter/Helfand Myerberg & Guggenheimer

Elaine Shusterman, Publisher, Architectural Record

Stephanie Stokes, Interior Designer


Steve Buscemi, Actor

Chris Grabenstein, Senior Partner, Young & Rubicam, Inc.

Lee Harris Pomeroy, FAIA, Lee Harris Pomeroy Associates, PC

Peter Slatin, Editor-in-Chief, GRID

Michael Harris Spector, FAIA, The Spector Group

Donna Warner, Editor-in-Chief, Metropolitan Home


Walter A. Hunt, Jr., AIA, President, AIA-NY Chapter/Managing Principal,Gensler

Deborah Berke, AIA, Principal, Deborah Berke Architect, PC

Rocco DiSpirito, Executive Chef, Union Pacific

Julie Lasky, Editor-In-Chief, Interiors

David Rockwell, Rockwell Group


Stanley Tucci, Actor

J. Max Bond, Jr. FAIA, Davis Brody Bond

Bob Lape, WCBS Restaurant Critic, Crains

Adam D. Tihany, AIA, Adam Tihany International Ltd.

Billie Tsien, AIA, Tod Williams Billie Tsien and Associates

Tod Williams, FAIA, Tod Williams Billie Tsien and Associates

Roger Yee, Editor-in-Chief, Contract Design


Stanley Tucci, Actor

Scott Buxbaum, Juror-in-Training, 1996 National LEGO Champion Builder

Paul Goldberger, The New Yorker & The New York Times

Charles Gwathmey, FAIA, Gwathmey, Siegel and Associates Architects

Robert Ivy, FAIA, Editor-in-Chief, Architecture

Matthew Kenney, Matthew's

Nicole Miller, Fashion Designer

Blaine Trump, Philanthropist


Stanley Tucci, Actor

Sandra Bloodworth, Director, Art For Transit, MTA

Todd Dalland, FAIA, FTL

Robert Hillier, FAIA, The Hillier Group

Julie Iovine, Home Section, The New York Times

Lenore Lucey, FAIA, VP, Business Development, Lehrer McGovern Bovis

Mayer Rus, Editor-in-Chief, Interior Design

Ysrael A. Seinuk, PE, FASCE, Ysrael A. Seinuk, PC


John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Laurie Beckelman, Executive Director, New York Shakespeare Festival

Dominique Browning, Editor-In-Chief, House & Garden

Walter Chatham, President, The Architectural League of New York

Bill Evans, Meterologist, WABC-TV

Paul Goldberger, Architecture Critic, The New Yorker & The New York Times

Danny Meyer, Owner, Union Square Café, Gramercy Tavern

Jeff Peterson, Associate Publisher, Architectural Digest


John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Kurt Andersen, Editor-in-Chief, New York Magazine

Louis Oliver Gropp, Editor-in-Chief, House Beautiful

Roseanne Haggerty, Executive Director, Common Ground Community of Times Square

Mel Hammock, President, Mel Hammock & Co.

Joseph B. Rose, Chairman, City Planning Commission, NYC

Edwin Schlossberg, Edwin Schlossberg, Inc.

Robert A. M. Stern, FAIA, Robert A.M. Stern Architects


Lucy Cabrera, Executive Director, FOOD FOR SURVIVAL

Ruth Messinger, Manhattan Borough President

Terence Riley, Director of Architecture & Design, The Museum of Modern Art

Suzanne Stephens, Architecture Critic, Editor, Oculus

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